Statement on Oak Leaf Mobile Park
Thank you to all of those who have written in to express your support for the residents of the Oak Leaf mobile home park. I was able to correspond with some of you last week but wanted a chance to write back everyone again today both to thank you for the compassion you have shown to fellow residents of your community and to update you on where things stand.
Since my first meeting with Oak Leaf residents in May, I have been committed to helping them remain in the park and improve the infrastructure and living conditions there. I have never once wavered on that commitment despite some misinformation that appeared online from those not familiar with what has been going on. The Portland Housing Bureau, at my direction, immediately provided the funds necessary to extend the residents’ lease to avoid eviction and was busy this month finalizing the city's $1.5 million commitment toward the purchase and rehabilitation of the park for the residents to stay on-site in a co-op model
As Housing Commissioner, my top goals are to increase the stock of affordable housing in Portland, preserve existing affordable units, and provide the assistance needed to keep people from slipping into homelessness. The preservation of the Oak Leaf for current residents helps achieve these goals, but we could not do it without the continued voice of housing advocates like you. Thank you again for writing me on this.